New Jersey Highlands Coalition
508 Main Street
Boonton, NJ 07005
ContactMs. Julia M. Somers
General operating support of education, advocacy, and outreach programs to ensure implementation of the Highlands Regional Master Plan, and to promote protection and stewardship of the region's land and water resources.
As the only non-profit organization whose entire focus is on protecting the Highlands, the New Jersey Highlands Coalition plays a pivotal role in the region. Since its founding, the Coalition has worked closely with its partners and the Highlands Council to develop a strong, protective RMP and establish itself as the trusted source of information about Highlands policy and science for municipal officials, planners and residents. We work with and within many of the 88 Highlands municipalities, seeking full implementation of the RMP, advocating for strong Highlands protection against environmentally damaging development decisions, supporting funding of land preservation to safeguard the region's environmental and cultural resources, as well as operating education and outreach campaigns to promote stewardship of this remarkable region. 92 diverse organizations, as well as over 700 individual dues paying members, currently support the Coalition's mission to "protect, restore, and enhance the water and other natural and cultural resources of New Jersey's Highlands for the benefit of all citizens and businesses in the state of New Jersey". Julia Somers, the Executive Director, provides overall strategic direction for the Coalition as well as its financial management. She works closely with Elliott Ruga and Sean Gilson (Policy Director and Outreach Director respectively); George Stafford (consulting Uphold the Highlands Director); Juniper Leifer (consulting River Friendly Coordinator); Lauren Swern (Development Director); and Cathy Amon (part-time Program Associate). Our Board and our Policy Committee, made up of affiliate member representatives, are also actively and thoroughly engaged as part of our team promoting Highlands protections.